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THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11,1933 Christian Science Universally Available, Speaker's Topic at Church Here Bicknell Young, C. S. B. of Chicago, Is Lecturer TV/Til. BICKNELL, YOUNG, C. S. B., of Chicago, Illinois, a motnbor of the Board of lectureship of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ. Scientist. In Boston. Massachusetts, delivered a lecture on Christian Science last evening for First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Bakersflelrt. at the church edifice corner of Eighteenth and C Streets. Mr. Young was Introduced by Mr. Norman P. Thompson. The lecturer spolce substantially as follows: God Is Mind ? : There has never been Riven to j our ambitions, and our anticina- the world a more reassuring and j tions. No one can bo sure that his cheering message than that ex- ] thinking Is right unless he learns uressed by the words, God Is Mind, j by means of correct study and In- It Is basic to all understanding and structlon that there Is an immut- practice of Christian Science. It disposes of the great, cloud of beliefs which has associated the word "God" with material concepts. It strengthens our religious convictions nnd comforts and sustains us with the naturalness nf the divine Presence, and it awakens us to the recognition of divine possibilities in our everyday human existence. At a time when uncertainty prevails and fenr and Indecision haunt the councils of the wisest and best among men and nations, the divine fact. God is Mind, reveals omnipresence, to dispel the darkness and to make the crooked straight and the "rouph places plain." Those words do not announce a mere theory. They explain the primal, inevitable, divine Principle of all being and of all that the word "being" divinely signifies. In the light of the statement, God Is Mind, it is self-evident, though it may not at first seem to bo so. that Ideas which reveal God are divine and eternal. It Is by means ot such ever-living ideas that Christian Science ennobles science and vitalizes religion. Mankind can In this way learn how to turn to God in the moment of fear or danger or difficulty with the same confidence that a little child feels In the arms of his parent. Christian Science gives this con- tidence by explaining how human beings can receive divine help under all the trying circumstances of everyday life and living. It must lie remembered, however, that this is the Science of the divine Mind. Therefore from the very outset it proves the value of right thinking to anyone who may care to test It, and, by the same token, shows the baneful effects of wrong thinking. It thus brings to light the errors of our ways and awakens us to our individual responsibilities in overcoming them, as no other system Has ever done. Be Not Afraid In doing this it shows that fear is the one universal wretched heritage of a race that has deified mat- tor, and demands that such delflca- lion cease in order that the tlay of salvation may be now, as St. Paul says that it is. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 410). Its author writes, "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony. 'Be not afraid!' " How shall we learn- to obey this command? The answer In this, and in every instance where a ouestlon may arise. Is to be found in the basic Instruction which Christian Science affords. Every thought which conies to us must be tested. To use a beautiful figure of speech, every thought must be taken to the "throne of grace." If It cannot bear that light it Is unworthy to be entertained. That test immediately disposes of fear, for it is not conceivable that the Infinite One, the God who is Mind, could have any fear or could conceive of anything fearful within the range of His own infinite, Infallible perfection. Anybody here tonight can remember this and can thereby find great freedom from what seems to be cither personal or collective fear. Therefore, again and again and always Christian Science admonishes us, "Be not afraid," and shows us how to obey this admonition. The Power of Rljjht Thinking There Is a certain divine naturalness In all this. The basic ideas which belong to this Science give It universal applicability. The in- fluem-e of thought is no longer a fantastic theory that excites alike not with matter, but with beliefs, primarily and exclusively. Chrlit the Only Saviour The New Testament reveals that this was the method of Christ Jesus, and his words and works, when carefully considered, show that the power which he exercised was not personal. He did not claim that no one but. himself could do such works. He exemplified the right way of healing for all of us. This way was and is scientific In that It is according to divine Principle and rule, and being scientific, we may walk in it, and ho urged his disciples to do so. It was not his personality that made him the Christ, noble and grand though that personality must have been. It was the true, idea of God. the actual truth of being, steadfastly present as his thought or consciousness. This was the Christ, and is the Christ now. This true idea of God may be and should bo ever present with us, according to his words, "Lo. I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world," meaning unquestionably even unto the extinction of sin, disease, and death. This ever-present Saviour, this true idea of God .in and as his consciousness, enabled him to overcome death and the grave. He spoke of himself as the Son of God, thereby unquestionably referring to his real selfhood, his spiritual oneness with God. This explains what real son- ship is. When our understanding approximates the same standard of absolute Truth, It indicates the same sonship, our real selfhood. rection. True Christian Science! In the twenty-first chapter of. St. Luke's Gospel, Jesus prophetically depicts the error of sheer materialism in graphic figures of speech, which are quite as applicable to our time as they were to his: "Men's hearts falling them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." The expression "for the powers of heaven shall bo shaken" is particularly apt In view of the fact that the materialism which mankind has able standard, and finds out what •and where it Is. The human heart has longed for this revelation. In the uncertainties and conflicts of human existence how often nnd how universally have human beings cried out, "Oh, If there were something secure, something certain, something upon which we could place reliance!" This unexpressed desire begins to bo satisfied when one learns to differentiate between right and wrong thinking. In this connection the word "firmament" as used in the first chapter of Genesis is thus defined In the Christian Science textbook (p. 586): "Spiritual understanding; the scientific line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-cnilod matter." This line of demarcation shows unmistakably that thinking needs to be subject to constant cor practice Is always right thinking. Such thinking Is founded in divine Principle and operates as the law of divine Principle. It stands untrammeled and unimpaired in the vigor of this original relationship. Our thinking is right when tested bv the law of universal good, and no thinking Is right unless that thinking Invested with unlimited extension and universal influence blesses everybody, including the thinker. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" is not merely a Christian admonition but is the law of self- perpetuating divine Principle. The Availability to Ui of Divine Power You will observe that when we say. God is Mind, we use the word "Mind" in its infinite meaning, not in any personal or finite sense. In pllshed to bless and benefit us Individually and racially Is possible. That Individual cases of disease are healed in thousands of Instance's Is therefore not- only a matter of great satisfaction and thankfulness on the nart of those who are healed, but It is also of great encouragement to individuals, communities, governments, nations, and all mankind. Why is this so? Simply because of the fact that It can be shown and proved that everybody's belief about disease constitutes the so-called law of disease. In heating any specific case Christian Science treatment nullifies this false law. It is not conceivable that anything less powerful than omnipotence itself could thus destroy the malign influence of fears and beliefs with which humanity individually and collectively afflicts itself. Let It be 'said, however, thai; while it Is true that Christian Science Mind-healing may be demonstrated for one person by another, yet it is equally true that the full benefit of this unique Science Is gained .only by individual effbrt, and It must be seen that the prejudices and fears which sometimes cause one to hesitate to accept the one infinite Mind as the basis of thought and action are without foundation. One multiplication table is enough for everybody. One honesty, is equally so. Everybody may have all of either or all of both, and ,110 one else be deprived of the same full measure of either or both. So it is with one infinite Mind. Understanding Versus Belief I must, however, remind you that to test the truth of any statement for one's self requires something more than mere 'belief in it. Anyone, however slightly informed, would recognize this to he inevitably true of the science of arithmetic. It Is equally true of the Science of Mind. Just as we employ whatever intelligence we may already possess in the science of arithmetic, so we must emnloy It in the Science of Mind. ignorantly Invested with almost su-1 Scientific Christianity is thus premc power has indeed been | seen to be essential to the welfare material sight and above all sense- testimony. , ' -The Reality of Good Jesus said to his disciples, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which Is in heaven \g perfect." He was the most profound of philosophers, and Mrs. Eddy declares that he'wns "the most scientific man that ever trod the globe" (Science and Health, p. 313). It is not possible to believe that he expected them to become suddenly perfect. Unquestionably, he was urging them to think according to the perfection of Principle, for he knew that thinking from the standpoint of Principle Is the true way of Science. This same* instruction is quite as good for us as It was for them. Our attitude then must be that of Truth. St. John says In his first epistle, "I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because yo -know it, and that no He is of the truth." Consequently, when we are asked or ask ourselves what we can do in the face of the apparent plight of civilization today, reflected as it is In the want and worry and woe of millions of people, the answer of Christian Science is clear and explicit. We can affirm and know that such a condition Is not the truth of God's creation nor anything like it. It is not truth at all, nor is it true in any of its aspects. It is all error, and seeing that it is error, it is to be so classified, and Is to be denied and rejected, no matter how insistently it may appear to be going on or how big It may appear to be. It is quite common knowledge that Christian Scientists are taught to classify all evil as error and to deny it as such. In healing disease Christian Scientists reject the erroneous testimony of the senses. They do not call suffering or disease truth, nor do they associate it with truth or with anything that is true. • While this simple scientific method of treating disease is capable of an amplification that if entered into here would extend far beyond the time at my disposal, it is well known and quite generally acknowledged that by means of it. shaken. The admonition and the promise, however, of all that he said on that occasion are to be found in the twenty-eighth verse: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." fact. Christian Science shows that j These words are absolute and the tendency to personalize our re- unequivocal. They indicate unmis- deemer and the wav of redemption has not only darkened the religious sense of mankind, but has tended to mislead the Christian world In the hours of greatest need. Nothing finite or personal could repre- takably that we are individually required to take part In our own re- of mankind. The understanding of > diseases of the most virulent na- the Inspired word of the Bible is i ture havo disappeared from tho requisite for progress and demon-! human bod y- showing that those stration. "The eternal God is thy diseases were not primarily mate- refuge, arid underneath are the [^-but wero due to a state of err- everlasting arms" Is one of many i"K mentality which Truth corrects, passages which unmistakably de- , N , ow ' B , in <l 0 Christian Science clare the eternallty and Immanence h ^ls the body. Is there any reason 1 - 1 — It should not heal the business of Deity. We tried to believe those a ° usnfessf tnnnirmi DI1 H i^n^nc- -v^* „<, of a human being? In the light o£ inspired and Inspiring words of \ Holy Writ, but we had no idea that they were scientific in the sense of deinptlon and in the redemption of j being humanly provable. We liked | them and we had great reverence our fellow man. Materiality a False Baals 1 for them and this reverence con' stituted the greater part of our resent either our God or our re- Clinging to materiality and seek- j n K ion. but until Christian Science deemer. Divine ideas alone can ing materiality simply accentuate j made them practical in everyday meet such a divine requirement. " " In this connection it may be remarked that the works of Jesus are as deeply significant as his words. the conditions that seem to trouble! Hf 0 all such Biblical sayings were omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, which all Christians In reverence unite in calling God, Is one error more powerful than another? It cannot be, and this Is Illustrated by the simule mathematical fact that millions of ciphers placed before a unit could not change to somethlugness the noth- us individually and racially. The human need is apparent on every hand. Thinking of our troubles is We understand both just in the i not the way by which to overcome measure that we attain something of his sublime character. This is equally true of all that relates to him. There is no way of understanding him except In the way that ,he understood himself. His way was unquestionably the way of pure metaphysics. It bore no re- them. Thinking of our need w'H. not meet our need. Material systems of healing and, political nostrums of government have failed to make health prevalent or nations secure. Notwithstanding the great Improvement in the mere mechanism of existence, there was never semblance to matter or personality. I more uncertainty and fear, never A41.U l*i* OUlilA .LJ1 L/llV^Ctl DnjlllKD Vt Cl V3 * * t • regarded more or less as beautiful! ingnesB whlch one cl P her P laced before a unit signified. We have need to overcome the sentiments merely. that an Infinite creation, requiring j an infinite creator, requires a sci- j la,,e or • U never has any actual existence. If agreement, ,but Is always absolute repulsion. Death never becomes life 1 ; en'or never becomes truth; evil never becomes good: matter never becomes Spirit. In the demonstration Of divine Principle as taught in Christian Science, all evil, of whatever name or nature, is rejected as unreal. Now this distinction between matter and Spirit, Truth and error, made by Christian Science, and exclusively by Christian Science, has inevitably given rise to much comment and not a little opposition. Our critics In the Intensity of their misunderstanding sometimes forget to exercise even ordinary judgment. They often choose to ignore the v widely demonstrated facts that Christian Science is a scientific system of overcoming all evil, that It springs from divine power, and operates as the law of divine power, and that it does all this by giving us an understanding of Truth which enables us*to deal with error fundamentally, rather than superficially. Now dealing with error fundamentally does not, In all reason, make Christian Science less worthy, but rather more worthy to be called Science. In order to bo what it legitimately is, namely Christian Science, its propositions must necessarily be In accordance with the words and works of Jesus the Christ. They must be Chris' tlan In order to be true. Demonstration Necesiary So it is, that just as In all demonstrable science, and notably In higher mathematics, the propositions which constitute this science are not obviously true. They must be tested. Here the analogy ceases, however, for CKrlstlan Science Is not only a discovery but a revelation. Its propositions are spiritually true and humanly redemptive. Diseases which were real to those who were suffering because of them, were unreal to the enlightened thought of Christ Jesus, and he proved them to be unreal by healing them, thus giving to the persons who believed diseases to bo real the proof that they were actually unreal. Why should anybody contend for the reality of disease since everybody would be glad If there were no disease? Is it not clear that if there were no disease, disease would be unreal? Now since our desires have this common ground, why should not our intelligence be exercised according to our common desires and needs? The divine Principle, the one Mind, in all Its Infinitude, does not Include or provide for any such thing as disease. Seeing that we are all thinking all of the time in one way or another, and granting that our thoughts have some influence in our own lives and possibly in the lives of other people, why should we not entertain those thoughts which are most likely to bless ourselves and others? The reasonableness of such a course must appeal to all people, whether or not they have as yet fully subscribed to the teachings of tirely different purpose. Neither ignorant misunderstandings nor mischievous misinterpretations of Mrs. Eddy's character have affected her demonstrated achievements in the slightest degree. The healing power and Inflvfence of Christian Science now recognized throughout the greater part of the civilized world, broadening' and every day rising higher in the estimation of mankind, constitute an enduring monument to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Set- euce. i The Spread of Christian Science Because of this healing work, Christian Science churches and societies are now to be found not only in practically, every country of Europe, and North America, but in the Islands of tho sea and in various places in Africa and Asia, and notably in Australasia, indicating unmistakably the widespread and ever-growing interest in a church "which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost clement of healing," to quote tho words of its Founder, Mary Baker Eddy (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 17). The church services, consisting of reading from tho Bible and the Christian Science textbook, pro uniform throughout the world, and it is to bo observed that the congregations generally tost the capacity of tho commodious buildings in which the services arc hold. These churches and societies are branches of The Mother Church, Tho First Church of Christ. Scientist, iu Boston. Massachusetts. The Christian Science Publishing Society, which is under the direction of The Mother Church, was established by Mrs. Eddy for the dissemination of Christian Science. It publishes The Christian Science Journal. Christian Science Sentinel, Christian Science Quarterly, containing the Lesson-Sermon used at the church services, The Herald of Christian Science, which Is published in German. French, Scandinavian. Dutch, and Braille, and The Christian Science Monitor, an international daily newspaper which is known practically over the whole world. The growing demand for these publications Is such that to-day there Is being erected iu Boston a magnificent building of very large proportions,,to provide adequate accommodations, as far as it is possible to do so at this time, for the publication of Christian Science literature. / Mrs. Eddy Mary Baker Eddy discovered this Science. She was the first practitioner of this Science. Those who were benefited by her mlnlstra- nltions of the Bible, "With Joy shaft ye draw water out ot the wells of salvation," and, /'Rejoice evermore." . In, so doing we shall find that Christian inspiration is sustained and corroborated by divine, reason and unanswerable logic. As step by step in entering upon this path of pure Science your thoughts begin to "acquaint themselves with God," as the Christian Science textbook (p. 107), paraphrasing the Bible, says that they should do, you will see that they also begin to take on the law and power of that divine acquaintanceship. It will become more joyously clear to you that Christian Science is demonstrating what Is already and forever true and perfect and at hand. You will see that all that means cause, basis. Incentive, Impulsion, plan, purpose, power, and law; all » that means Life and the reality of Life, and the ability to sustain and perpetuate the law of health and Life, already exists and is divinely and Immutably operative in our be- • half when thoughts unerringly acquaint themselves with God.' the one Mind, and just as unerringly reject the belief that there is any other mind or any necessity for any other mind. On page 469 of the Christian Science textbook. Science and Health, the author writes, "There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God:.and If mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would bo unknown." , God Available to All The healing influence and unction of this one Infinite presence requires no medium other than itself and could have none. Necessarily,. God acts bv the directness of Hie own omnipresence and the immut- abilltv of His own law. Accepting the ideas of the Infinite Mind, Science requires that, we reject the beliefs and fears and theories which constitute what are called mortal mlud or the humaji mind. In this way alone-can we avoid the adulteration of the practice of Christian Science, an adulteration which would inevitably ensue if we were erroneously led to believe that what is called the human mind, or mortal mind, could be a medium for tho action of th" divine Mind. Prior to the advent of Christian Science, the basic proposition ot this Science. "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation" (Science and Health, p. 468), to be •< found In tho paragraph called "the scientific statement of being," In the Christian Science textbook, was a proposition either whollv unknown or but dimly perceived even. by the most enlightened, consequently the Science of Mind, resealed exclusively in divine ideas and dealing solely with thoughts and beliefs, was also unknown. It needs to be accepted more simply and tested in individual experience tions did not immediately under-1 according to the directness of Its ntnnH >io^ » 0 ,, ,.i, („„,„ BV,,. „„„..„ _t,_ method. This method may briefly hand of truth j Christian Science. sequentlv this . Science must rest He said. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that belteveth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Without distorting the meaning we might conclude that the words "greater works" here used may mean more universal works, and certain it is that today the conditions which confront the whole world compel our attention our most sincere and vo see that 1 and more questioning and doubt, never more lack of faith in mere human expedients than today. The average Individual if asked whether he can do anything about such conditions or whether he possesses any power to aid mankind or oven himself In such a predicament naturally answers. No; yet the rule Is the same as it was two thousand years ago: "If ye have faith as a telligence. It is logically impossi ble that it should be otherwise. Furthermore, infinity means eter- nallty, and eternality means never! dying but ever living. Consequently j infinity and everything that shows ! «nd any evil. It is well for us to once commensurate with both. Con- and march turou(?h tne endleBS cor . j Through all this it may be ob- rldors of infinity, you would never ! eerved that Christian Science alone explains Christian Science. For ordinary systems of science or religion to attempt either to ignore or to explain the extraordinary healing and redemptive work of this remember this, and that when evil appears to bo largo it is ouly just so many ciphers placed before a every thinking man and womau only as we go to the Father, that is to say, as we seek and find the oneness of Mind and Idea, and thereby prepare ourselves to receive divine help, shall we be able to do these greater or more universal works. The conventional habits and acquired prejudices of material thinking unquestionably hamper us in this endeavor. Science as generally conceived of depends upon the intellect exclusively, yet here Is forced upon our concept of science a moral factor, the Idea of the power of Principle, divine Love. that we live in a world ot matter exclusively. once in their profession show unmistakably that the functions and ignorant and scholarly derision. No heretofore uurecocnized. but which lunger is it permissible to believe when put to tho test In everyday life is found to be the chlefest among all. By means of it Jesus Quito recently many,representa-! illustrated divine power humanly, live physicians in the United States - and thereby showed that divine liuve expressed themselves to the I power is always available to human (-•tfeet that observation and expert- j beings, when they know how to avail themselves of it. The way is simple but exacting, organs of the human body are dele- j Jesus said. "Strait is the gate, and icriously affected by the fretful and conflicting emotious of tho human mind. This 1« equivalent to admitting that the habit of undisciplined mentality, and especially of egotistical and self-ceutered interests, tends to undermine health. It is obvious, however, that while the recognition by the medical profession of the uiihealthful influence of erroneous thought coincides up to a certain point with Christian Sci- unto this mountain, Remove hence! and it shall ro- j shall bo impossible unto you." Healing Within Reach of All ; If supreme faith is requisite, then sincerity and simplicity are essential in order that the ideas which constitute the activity of divine law may be grasped and demonstrated. Beginning modestly we must continue iu the same way. At the same time it would not be becoming modesty, but mere ingratitude If we doubted that our sincerity and devotion to divine Principle could bring us help in this or any hour. dying or ever living everything must be and is free from any destructive element. In the one infinite Mind or infinity no sin nor disease could ever have being, and If It were possible for any such de-1 structlve element to knock at tho door of infinite divlno consciousness that destructive element would be dissipated into In view of all this, tho duty ot i Sclenco ls futlle - Tlle ° nl y result of such endeavors has been confusion. • It is cheering to observe a change in this respect. An attitude of disdain toward a system that has proved its raison d'etre for nearly once. It can be fulfilled with ever- growing and intensified joy. When we first consider this duty we are apt to believe that our poor Therefore one of the most helpful statements of Christian Science is. ; twial worl(} from ^ j "God Is good." It Is not new but! hlKneBt p iT euoluentt| has never „. the meaning of it was not fully un-; vealed eitner tat8Uigeuce or 11£e lu derstood until Christian Science e* : matter . The only to U( , count plained it. This Science shows con- ; £or the fact that we aro „ , clusyely that Infinity must be • tnlnklnK ls to uermll th Ut to wholly good, that is to say good as exerci8e ita. divlno prerogative and cause and good In effect. If schools of religion had been as t'-'thful, and that means as scientific, as schools of mathematics, this fact reveal its original being. Angels Are Spiritual Intuitions In ancient times, according to tho , ir ...,, . , , , , would have been apparent and ! B ">"cal record, inspiring and pro available throughout the ages of | J*°*| ve • ldeB » sornetimps appeared, be v lauaUzed t the patriarchs The way in which the healing ! ""lous history, but It was neither » "^ ' ^£«« «"« b«. „!.,-„ i.. .«„.,»„< „.. *_ ul apparent nor available, until Chris-1 . wiwwmjvu. .mm takes place is mental, or, to speak < more accurately, spiritual. It is well known that the practice of this Sclenco is not associated with material remedies or material systems of any kind. U Is also well to state that Christian Science has nothing iu common with thought transference or telepathy or mental suggestion or hypnotism, and in no re- narrow Is the way, which leadeth j apect resembles any other method unto life, and few there be that find it." In explaining this way, Mary Baker Eddy, tho Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her books, classifies in general terms all usually called mental. It is Christian, with none of the aspects whatsoever of paganism or magic. Every thought that accurately explains Christian Science, every thought of the afflictive phenomena that < that makes it correctly apprehen- come within the scope of human lifu and living. Disease, sin, and death, with all of their manifestations, as well us worn', lack, and anything and everything that iti uiice doctrine, it is fur from thin these duys we may call depression, Sclenco in the actual practice i ane classified ats beliefs or errors. which overcomes wrong thluklug 1 Therefore. Christian Science lu ] tho human need, und all of Us effects. ' healing disease us well as in sav-' sible. every thought that is employed in the true practice of this Science Is of divine origin. The whole trend of this Science is to glorify Ood. good, and to enable mankind to lay hold upon the divine power and utilize it to meet UuiiisiructeU by Christian Scl-; ing peop'le from bin mid sorrow w, we flud right and wrong Int-x-; und every other evil thing from Now. If this is proved true, if this Science understood can invoke divine aid, then beyond all question ml.\fil with our ilc-sirc-H. which they uucd to bo aavod. duals [ auvtulnj.' that ought to be accom- .,„_ u ° r ° cl ° nc ° was stated unmistakably by him who is called tho Saviour of mankind, in , the words, "Why callest thou me i ls , our day - tt <"«<>rent day. a good? there Is none good but one.i Derlod 10BS Primitive. Pure uieta- I physics uloue cuii explain what i would otherwise appear to bo mysterious. The-word "augels," UB used iu the Blb'e, ban always had mysterious connotatlouu. Science uucl Health (p. 081) defines that word thus: "God's thoughts pausing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect." IB not the healing power of dlvlue Principle brought to light in this hour oue of these angels? If this be HO, thou everything depends upon our hospitality. St. Paul wrote. "And be not conformed to this world: but be yo transformed by the renewing of your mind." It that is. God." God's creation must inevitably resemble the creator, and consequently be perfect and eternal lu every detail. All of this perfection exists now and forever. In reality, there will never be more than now. since infinity is now anil there need be no more. Spiritual Sight This hour, according to the testimony of the human senses, is one of anxiety, of fear, doubt, want of faith, and "distress of nations, with perplexity." Though the need ap- come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh," Is individual. What da these words meau? They must mean that wo are to lli't our mental or spiritual gaze above our H»«H uv •.fwikw i \J LH(*l \SUJ l/UUi i , thoughts are of little universal' threo auarters o£ a century is not value, and this would bo true of j ° rdinari >-V Intelligent. U is there- poor thoughts, but tho thoughts foro interesting to note that those which reveal God are of an entirely' who r ° rmorl >' tabooed Chrlstiau different character. They are not Sclence utterly have recently taken primarily human; they are inher- to wrltln * books about it, and es : peclally about tho Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. While much of what has been written and published in this way has beeu intentionally derogatory of her whom hundreds of thousands ot Christian people look upon as the most Inspired character that has appeared upon the stage of human experience since the first century of the Christian era, the effect has .been to extend and increase the interest in tho subject itself. This Is exactly what has occurred throughout the history of this movement, and such signs and others of a similar nature show that Christian Science lives and thrives under opposition just us the word of Truth has always done aud always will do. That'we huuiuii bolngu are encumbered with a material and finite sense of existence is iu Itself an acknowledgment of tho need of divine help, and it is also a silent plea for mutual consideration and-good manners. None of us would enjoy to have our idiosyncrasies placed under the magnifying glass ot 111 will, but In such ail event we might at any rate have the cold comfort of knowing that the resultant exaggerated views were misrepresentations. Mrs. Eddy's ideals, her devotion to Principle, her life of unselfishness, and more especially the strength of her Christian character, all become objectionable traite when seen through the eyes of prejudice and interpreted with the pen of envy and malice. It is both interesting and instructive to observe the utter failure of all such methods. The sale of the Christian Sclenco textbook has apparently often been increased by tho publication of books which were iutoudod to accomplish an on ing to the tradition and belief ot thoso primitive but inspired thinkers. The day ot Science pears to be universal, the admoui- takes U6Wi actlve _ ftnd orWnftl . the ^." ll ^. b ^ iu ,. t ° thoughts to ettoct such a desirable transformation. The Opposite of Truth Carmot Be True The Buemlug contact of Truth and error Is iicve'r in tho slightest stand her teachings. For years she had to stand alone, and she had to present and prove to mankind the value of original and revolutionary Ideas concerning God, man, the universe, and the healing Christ. Gradually those who wore healed and helped became adherents to her doctrine and many of them entered upon the practice o f healing the sick by the method which she had discovered and which at first she alone taught, I knew Mrs. Eddy only slightly, but In view of much that has been said of her by writers who never saw her and who really knew nothing about her, it may not be 1m- prqper for me to sneak nf oue particular interview which I was privileged to have with her and during which I could observe her closely. Because of this I have more than once been asked to describe Mrs. Eddy. She was In all that constitutes personal appearance well worth describing, and yet I could not attempt to describe her because something greater than anv human personality however attractive commanded one's exclusive attention In Mrs. Eddy's presence. Although she kept iu touch with contemporary affairs and was thoroughly alive to the circumstances and events of a changing world, still It oould bo observed that she looked out upon tiho world rather than out from It; and in the case of this particular interview the thought of her personality was lost In the unique eloquence with which she spoko of the grandeur of divine Science and ot the blessings which must accrue to mankind through the acceptance of this Science. She spoke much of the power and presence and immutable law of Love, . . . and when an instance was mentioned wherein she had been as much wronged as it is possible for one person to be wrqnged by another, her spontaneous forgiveness was couched In the noblest terms of pure Christianity. In Science and Health (p. 1) Mrs. Eddv writes: "Regardless of what another may say or think on this subject, I speak from experience. Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious meani for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christlanizatlon and health of mankind." The Search for Truth It is the practical value of this Science which excites tho curiosity of the average man or woman. This interest once awakened grows and flourishes by its own inherent relation to tho permanency and reality of Truth. Thus tho adnntion of Christian Science, according to the alarmed forecasts of our critics, threatens to bu universal. It is a part of tho duty und privilege of a lecturer to accept tho prophecy and dispel the alarm. When King Agrippa said to Paul. "Almost thou porsuadest mo to be a Christian," the apostlo answered. "I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear mo this day. were both almost, and altogether such as 1 am, except these bonds." So lu our day the demonstrable understanding of Christianity holds ,out not merely a hope but the assurance that the power of God revealed, and thus made available, can meet the Individual and universal needs of mankind with absolute certainty and supreme satisfaction. .Our needs often appear to be many and divergent, but thev are actually few and identical. We havo been led to believe that happiness depends upon circumstances and possessions, and humanity has quite generally accepted the old philosophical dogma that the object of life and living is the attainment of happiness, while the truth Is that happiness is the essential nature of true being, the very essence of the one Mind, the divine Principle, announced In the words of St. John, "God Is love." Lot us then start with happiness instead of merely seekiug it. Lot us accept the uduio- be described as the affirmations of eternal spiritual Truth and the consequent rejection" ot evil of any name or nature whatsoever. If one doubts the value of such a course and believes It unworthy to be called scientific let him persistently differentiate mentally between good and evil, cleaving to the one and rejecting the other, for a single day. By so doing one can prove for himsolf whether the simple but exacting method of Christian Science Is really scientific. This necessity for correct thinking or for thinking at all sometimes seems to be discouraging for those who have suonosed that Christianity was a mere system of belief and blind faith, and heaven a place to bo attained through death, but such a one may take heart. Sincerity opens tho door to divine understanding. Our real prayers are therefore praise rather than supplication, for Christian Science revealing the fact that God is Mind, the infinity of good, reveals the perfection that already is and always was and always will be. Nothing could be add»'l to it. nothing taken from it. All of its details, all of its relationships are. eternal and divinely harmonious. Let this be our understanding in regard to our homes, our churches, our country, our world. Thus we may help In bringing to pass universally the real government of divine Principle. Speaking of this on page 565 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes: "The Impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history Vi the earthly life of our Master; but 'of his kingdom there shall be no end.' for Christ. God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples—Imperatively, absolutely, finally—with divine Science." SCIENCE AND HEALTH With Key to the Scriptures MARY BAKER EDDY Published by the TRUSTEES UNDER THE WILL OF MARY BAKER EDDY The original, standard and only Textbook on Christian Science Mind-healing, In one volume of 700 pages. Library Edition, cloth... .$3.00 Vest Pocket Edition, ooze khaki, black or blue morocco, Bible paper 3.00 Students' Edition, with Index to marginal headings, black or blue morocco, Oxford India Bible paper 4.00 ' Pocket Edition, black or blue morocco, ' Oxford ' India Bible paper 5.00 FRENCH TRANSLATION Library Edition, cloth $3.50 GERMAN TRANSLATION Library Edition, cloth $3.50 • FOR THE BLIND Braille Edition, Grade One and a Half, 5 voli $12.60 The Textbook and all other works by Mrs. Eddy may be read or purchased at 'the Christian Science • Reading Room, 324 Brower Build- Ing, Bakersfield, open from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and 7-9 p. m., or may be ordered directly of the Publishers. Addreis HARRY I. HUNT Publisher'* Agent 107 Falmouth St., Boston, U. S. A".

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